The Avast antivirus software is well-known but Avast also offers a premium VPN. It’s a quick and secure option, however it’s a bit expensive. Avast offers a trial period of 30 days for new users.

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As opposed to other providers who offer different protocols, Avast VPN only offers one protocol: OpenVPN over UDP with AES-256 encryption. This is a highly secure cipher that is used by banks. Avast also uses different encryption technologies, such as ChaCha20 or RSA-2048.

The Avast VPN client for desktops and Android devices will automatically select the most suitable protocol for your connection. It first tries connecting using OpenVPN and then switches to Mimic If that is unsuccessful. According to my experience, this is not the most effective method for selecting a particular protocol. It would be better to give clients the option to choose a preferred protocol and tell you how successful it has been.

Avast VPN has a lot of servers spread across hundreds of locations across 34+ countries. However I’m not sure if the list is updated often enough, as the VPN did not have any servers in China during my tests. Avast gathers information about your use of the service, including your full name as well as zipcode.

Avast is based in the Czech Republic, which is GDPR-compliant, and does not belong to any of the Eyes Alliance surveillance groups. Avast does keep connection logs, which can identify users and the «no-logs» policy does not prohibit this. They accept payment via PayPal and credit cards, however they do gather billing data. They also permit cookies to track your online activity.